In Partnership – The Art Of Complexity, Episode 2: Inside The Ateliers Of Audemars Piguet

In Partnership – The Art Of Complexity, Episode 2: Inside The Ateliers Of Audemars Piguet

11/08/2018 Off

There is a critical moment that represents a kind of singularity in the history of watchmaking: the Quartz Crisis. Like many ground-shaking and ground-breaking occurrences, the Crisis was preceded by a number of warning tremors, including the invention of first electrically impulsed pendulum clocks and the development of first cabinet-sized, and then smaller and smaller, bench-top quartz timekeepers, which gradually made the ultra-accurate pendulum clocks with their vacuum enclosed oscillators that represented the last word in mechanical horological accuracy obsolete. When the first quartz watch available to the public appeared in 1969, it seemed a one-off to many, especially in…